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  Leaked email scandal engulfs Poland’s political elite
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jun 26, 2021 02:43pm
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AuthorZosia Wanat
News DateThursday, June 24, 2021 08:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHillary Clinton, meet Michał Dworczyk.

Poland's ultra-conservative leadership faces a growing scandal as the private emails of top officials including Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki are being leaked to the public following a hacking operation they say was carried out by Russia.

The emails — which also belong to the accounts of the prime minister's top aide, Michał Dworczyk, and Health Minister Adam Niedzielski — started popping up in early June on Telegram, a Russian encrypted messenger system, and concern internal deliberations on matters ranging from vaccine procurement to the government's handling of protests against abortion restrictions.

Warsaw is blaming Moscow. Officials argue that the hacked emails — which they say are partly fabricated — and their dissemination are part of a broader, Kremlin-led disinformation campaign that aims to foster division, provoke distrust and damage Poland's relationship with other countries and the EU.

“The main goal of the ongoing attack is to compromise democratic values — freedom of speech and trusted public debate — targeted by disinformation,” says a Polish brief sent to EU ambassadors, and seen by POLITICO.
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